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Play Review: The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls
April 8 – April 21, 2021


The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks, and Curls is a 90-minute collection of monologues in the tradition of For Colored Girls… with memorable lines such as: “If you have the courage to walk tall in a world that makes you feel small, then maybe other women and little girls will feel like they can, too. “The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls is a play about self-love," echoed Director Bianca LaVerne Jones.

I can agree with Jones. As I watched the play, I recalled various conversations with (or lessons from) various women that seemed to have been repeated in the play. “Don’t ever touch a Black woman’s hair without her permission,” and the corresponding story that wraps around that declaration has been shared with me recently by my friend Ida.

While the lawyer vignette made me pause and replay the streaming several times, the dating a candidate for a Black association story, featuring the bi-racial Grant Pierre Witherspoon III (also known as Askari, which is Ki-Swahili for warrior) was the most hilarious. The variety of the storylines is what made this play distinct, covering the politics of hair from dating to being in the court room as a lawyer and as the one being judge.

However, the play is not just for Black women. I can imagine that non-Blacks and non-females could enjoy the performance, too.  I did.

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